It may not be the most stressed area of human resources, but the organization of a workplace matter, as well as the impact it has on its employees. Organization is one way of providing structure, but it’s also important when it comes to company morale, productivity, making impressions, and health and safety.
Defined as being the overall outlook employees have on the company, employee morale focuses in on emotions and whether or not the employees are satisfied. This is impacted by multiple factors, and organization is one of them. An organized location helps to keep a clear and organized mind. Let’s look at this at the start of a long work day. Nobody wants to come into work to be distracted and overwhelmed, and it’s most certainly not a feeling a company wants to be associated with. Utilizing storage boxes, desk organizers and shelves, and labeling where important documents and items should be placed, can improve overall workplace organization. This then improves employee morale.
It’s no surprise that morale ties into productivity. If you’re not happy, your productivity level will show it. Like employee morale, employee happiness stems from plenty of other areas as well. When it comes to disorganization, employees are said to be more stressed. Not only because the look of cluttered, unprioritized work is overwhelming, but also because it’s harder to find things when they’re needed and it’s hard to communicate with others when you can’t locate a resource you need to properly do so. When the whole workplace is like this, it goes in a cycle — things go unnoticed, other people ask for them, time is lost making it up, and productivity decreases.
Employees are probably not the only ones who see the inside of the workplace. Chances are, clients and potential new hires are also going to see it. For clients, the disorganization gives them a negative first impression of how you do business. The same goes for new hires. Both are crucial groups to the growth of business.
Health and Safety:
These two should always be a priority within the workplace, but disorganization sets them back. Clutter is dangerous for obvious reasons, the main ones being trips and falls and fire hazards. Then, there’s the kitchen, where it’s especially important to be as sanitary as possible. Old food and uncleaned surfaces attract unwanted bugs and rodents and can be the cause of mold growth. There’s also inventory. Organization keeps inventory safe and saves money. There’s potential for inventory to go missing, be ruined, leak, etc. if it’s not stored properly. Closets with drawers and shelves, along with designated cabinets can help.
While many prefer to keep their own areas organized for their own sake, that’s not the case for everyone and the subject may need to be reinforced. If need be, hold a seminar or create some kind of rotation schedule for the organization of main rooms. You’re on your way to a more organized workplace and happier employees!